[ros-dev] Freeldr problems resolved
psusi at cfl.rr.com
Sun Apr 10 19:08:19 CEST 2005
Hrm... ok, how about this then. The code should go back to check if
it's 0xff and use DL if it is, the default value in fat.asm should be
set to 0xff, but then who is ever going to set it to the 'correct' value
on systems that don't pass the right value in dl?
It would be freeldr's installer's job to do that. When it installs the
boot sector it should probably leave it as 0xff by default, but give the
user the option of changing it to a value they specify, and suggest they
try 80 for hard drives and 0 for floppies if their busted bios can't
boot it with ff.
Brian Palmer wrote:
>>Yea, so that's 9 years ago. Any computer newer than 9 years old should
>>support it no?
>>Were any of them newer than 1996? If it is only computers older than
>>1996 that we have to worry about, I don't think that is much of a concern.
>Well I fixed this bug (DL not passed in by BIOS) about a year and a half
>ago. So, assuming that the buggy computer was a year and a half old at the
>time that gives us a 3 year old computer that FreeLoader might have problems
>>Anyhow, just changing the value to 0xff would not have any better
>>effect, as it would still be looking to DL even on computers that do not
>>set it, so how is that any better of a fix?
>This seems like a very closed minded statement to me. How can options and
>configurability be any worse that having no choice at all? The whole idea
>behind that code was to use the value in the BPB (because it SHOULD always
>be correct for the disk), but, optionally, if you wanted to use the value
>from the DL register you could do that also by setting the boot drive in the
>BPB to 0xFF.
>Now I'm not saying the using the boot drive in the BPB is the 'right' way,
>and I'm also not saying that using DL is the 'right' way. But, if that code
>is removed then if you don't get the boot drive in DL you will not be able
>to boot, and there is nothing you can do about it. Except add the code back
>in. I don't know about you, but I'd like to have the choice.
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